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You can fly Parrot Bebop Drone, Parrot Bebop 2, and the Parrot Disco with Parrot Skycontroller 2. Before you do so, you must "pair" (connect) the drone and the controller.    Pairing speeds up the time it takes to connect various devices. Once the initial connection is established, the drone and the controller will connect automatically the next time when you want to fly.     Auto-pairing/connecting with your smartphone/tablet via FreeFlight Pro   *Note: when connecting, always follow this order : controller > smart device > drone.     1.  Connect the controller to your smartphone/tablet via a USB cable.   2.  Press the ON/OFF button on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to turn it on. > When the USB icon appears next to the Parrot Skycontroller 2 icon , connection is established. 3.  Press the ON/OFF button on the drone to turn it on.   4.  Wait until the status light on the controller is a steady green. Parrot Skycontroller 2 is connected to the drone.   *Note: when prompted to calibrate the controller, follow the on-screen instructions.     Manual-pairing/connecting with your smartphone/tablet via FreeFlight Pro   iOS   1.   Go to Settings    > Wi-Fi, under CHOOSE A NETWORK, select the name of your drone (for example, Disco-xxxxxx).   2.   Open FreeFlight Pro, at the main page, you should see the drone's status as connected.    If you do not see a connection, tap the Wi-Fi icon  and select the drone from the drop-down list.   Android   1.   Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, and select your drone (for example, Disco-xxxxxx).   2.   Open FreeFlight Pro, at the main page, you should see the drone's status as connected.   *Note: FreeFlight Pro interface is identical in both iOS and Android.     Connecting without a smartphone/tablet   You can fly the Parrot Bebop Drone, Parrot Bebop 2, and Parrot Disco with the Parrot Skycontroller 2 only. You need a smartphone or a tablet to access to any feedback on telemetry, radar, battery reserve, and other information.   1.  Press the ON/OFF button on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to turn it on. 2.  Press the ON/OFF button on the drone to turn it on.   3.  Wait until the status light on the controller is a steady green. Parrot Skycontroller 2 is connected to the drone.    *Note: we recommend that you fly with a smartdevice.
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      DO NOT FLY THE DRONE UNTIL YOU HAVE READ ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.     OVERVIEW   C.H.U.C.K.- AUTOPILOT UNIT   PARROT SKYCONTROLLER 2 *Note: you can set button functions to your preferences.             PARROT COCKPITGLASSES Compatibility   You can use Parrot Cockpitglasses with the Parrot Skycontroller or the Parrot Skycontroller 2.   For the optimal FPV experience, your smartphone must meet the following criteria:   Screen size: between 4.7 and 5.7 inches (119-145 mm) Maximum length: 6.30 inches/160 mm Maximum width: 3.1 inches/78.6 mm Thickness: between 0.27 and 0.40 inches (6.8-9.8 mm) The front camera should be placed opposite the USB connector.   Parrot Cockpitglasses are compatible with the following phones:   Android   Samsung Galaxy S ® 7 Samsung Galaxy  S ® 7 Edge Samsung Galaxy S ® 6 Samsung Galaxy S ® 6 Edge Samsung Galaxy S ® 6 Edge + Samsung Galaxy S ® 5 Samsung Galaxy Note ® 5 Samsung Galaxy Note ® 4 Nexus 5 Nexus 5X Nexus 6p LG G5 LG G4 LG G3 HTC One A9 HTC One M8 iOS   iPhone 6s Plus iPhone 6s iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6   Never leave the Cockpitglasses (with the phone inside) in the sun when not in use. This could damage your phone.     Never look directly at the sun with empty Parrot Cockpitglasses. Permanent damage to your eyes may occur.     BEFORE YOU START   What's in the box   1 Parrot Disco 1 battery 1 charger + cable + 4 plugs 1 USB cable 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 1 head strap 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2 1 charging cable 1 smartphone holder 2 sets of propellers 1 user guide     Downloading the application Login to the App Store ® or Google Play TM and download the free FreeFlight Pro application to your smartphone or tablet.     Charging the battery   Parrot Disco   1.  Take the battery, the charger, and the connector cable out of the box. 2.  Select the appropriate adapter for your region and attach it to the charger. 3.  Connect the cable to the charger. 4.  Connect the battery to the charger's cable, and plug the charger into the outlet.      Charging time is approximately 55 minutes.   The status light is red while charging, and turns green when the battery is fully charged.   The flight time is approximately 45 minutes.   Parrot Skycontroller 2   1.   Connect one end of the charging cable (supplied) to Parrot Skycontroller 2's charging port.     2.   Connect the other end of the charging cable to the charger, then plug the charger into a wall outlet.  > The charging light turns red. Charging time is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes for 4 hours of use.   3.  Charging light turns green when the controller is fully charged.     Installing the battery   1.  Remove the cowling.     2.  Place the battery into the battery compartment.     3.  Plug in the battery.     4.  Close the cowling.     Attaching the wings  
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FreeFlight Pro replaces FreeFlight 3 for Bebop Drone, Bebop 2 and Parrot Disco.   For Jumping drones, download FreeFlight Jumping. For Airborne, Hydrofoil and Rolling Spider MiniDrones, download FreeFlight Mini for iOS and Android devices.   App Permission need to be granted for location and media in order to enjoy your drone. Press here to download Bebop 2 FPV quick start guide.     Main Screen 1 - Side menu bar - Press     to get Flight Plan, to buy a drone or check for updates. 2 - My flights - See your flight history and register for Academy / Parrot Cloud. 3 - Connect to a drone - Press     to connect. 4 - Remote controller - Access to Skycontroller and Skycontroller 2 settings. 5 - Fly and film - Access to the piloting interface. 6 - Flight Plan / Buy a drone - Flight Plan is displayed after you make the in-app purchase.   Once your drone is connected:   1 - Side Bar button - Access to "Drone school", "Buy a drone", "Check for Updates", "About", and the version of FreeFlight Pro installed.     2 - Connected drone - Displays the drone's network name and information: product type, hardware version, software version, GPS version, number of flights, last flight time, total flight time, last motor error. 3 - Internal memory - Displays the available storage space and the number of pictures taken. 4 - Wi-Fi network - Detects your drone. 5 - Controller Settings - Access button settings for Skycontroller and Skycontroller 2. 6 - Flight Plan - Access in-app purchase*. 7 - Fly and film - Access piloting interface. * Note: You may need to connect your drone first to be able to see Flight Plan on the main screen.   MyFlights lets you see your flight history, we recommend you to register in order to have access to Academy/Parrot Cloud. Being registered permits you to retrieve and share your flight data.     Settings Settings section lets you set the controls, GPS features, the First Person View behavior and Wi-Fi settings; make sure the Wi-Fi settings are compliant with local laws of the selected country/region.   FPV (First Person View) Auto Launch - Set default to Disable or enable FPV. Eye Spacing: Adjusts the spacing between left-eye and right-eye views in FPV mode. Note that FPV is not available when using a tablet.   Piloting Settings Pitch Mode - Lets you choose the drone's pitch control. Normal     Inverted     Loitering Direction - Determines which direction (left or right) the drone circles overhead. Loiter Radius - Limits the drone's overhead orbiting circumference. Loiter Altitude - Limits the height at which the drone circles. Position, Distances and Limits   Flat Trim - Resets the internal sensors for level flight for your Bebop Drone, Bebop 2 and Parrot Disco; make sure you always Flat trim the drone on a flat surface. Calibrate - From time to time your Parrot Disco needs to be recalibrated, we recommend that you calibrate before each flight. Max/Min altitude - Limits the height at which the drone can fly. Max Distance - Limits the drone's range. You will be notified when Parrot Disco reaches this value. Geofence - When max distance is set and Geofence is activated, Parrot Disco will return to the starting position when it reaches maximum distance. *Note: If Geofence is not activated, Parrot Disco will not return after it reaches max distance.   Return Home (RTH) Return Delay after disconnection - Limits the disconnection time before the drone initiates return home.  Network settings Network Name - Lets you change the name of your drone.  Activate WPA2 to set a password for your Parrot Disco's Wi-Fi network. Location - Select the country/region you are in. Activate OUTDOOR for flying outside. Wi-Fi band - You may choose Wi-Fi channel and band or leave the setting on automatic select. *Note: The network name of the Parrot Disco can only contain letters, numbers and underscores ("_"), and must not exceed 32 characters in length.     Record settings    To access the record setting, press the    button on the left side of the record button.   The video/photo settings page opens.   Choose between video, photo, and time-lapse mode photography, you can also adjust refresh rate, white balance (to augment ambient light in your environment), as well as exposure (via the red sliding bar).   Recording type   Video   Video recording starts automatically when you press the Take off button.  The RECORD icon   flashes during video recording.   To stop recording, press the button on Skycontroller 2.  To record a new video, press  again.   Use your finger to move the red dial at the bottom of the screen to change exposure. Or use the scroll wheel R1 on your Parrot Skycontroller 2.   *Note: You cannot shoot videos and photos simultaneously   Photo   DNG (RAW) - This mode takes a raw fish-eye photo with a 180° FOV at a 4096×3072 pixels resolution in a DNG format. DNG is compatible with professional grade editing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.  JPEG - JPEG mode takes a screen shot of the video stream at a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. The image quality is slightly degraded because video image stabilization tends to remove sharpness and accentuate edges. In this mode, you can quickly take pictures (shutter delay is very short) that are not distorted and with a light file size.  JPEG 180 - lets you take a fish eye shot with a 180° FOV. This mode offers small editing possibilities. The default picture format is DNG, slide the red dial at the bottom of the screen to change exposure.   Taking photos On your Parrot Skycontroller 2, press the button to take a photo. The internal memory capacity of the Parrot Disco is 32 GB, the number of stored photos is dependent upon the format selected. For best photo quality, we recommend leaving the photo setting in DNG mode.   Time-lapse Time-lapse lets you take photos at preset intervals. Use the white slider on the right to set the interval between 1 to 300 seconds. *Note: Picture format for time-lapse mode is the same as photo mode.     Map Mode The map is accessible using the satellite/map button on the lower right side of the piloting interface.
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The Parrot Disco can be used in either photo mode or video mode.     At the piloting screen, tap the video icon    to access video/photo settings.   The video/photo settings page opens.   Video   At the video/photo settings page, you can choose to record video in 24, 25, or 30 FPS (frames-per-second) formats, in addition to choosing the streaming speed between 30 and 20 Mbps (megabytes-per-second).   Video recording starts automatically when you press the Take off button. The RECORD icon    flashes while recording video. To stop recording, press the button on the controller.  To record a new video, press  again.   Use your finger to move the red dial at the bottom of the screen to change exposure. Or use the scroll wheel R1 on your Parrot Skycontroller 2.   *Note: You cannot shoot videos and photos simultaneously   Photo   Parrot Disco offers 3 picture formats:   DNG (RAW) - This mode takes a raw fish-eye photo with a 180° FOV at a 4096×3072 pixels resolution in a DNG format. DNG is compatible with professional grade editing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.   JPEG - JPEG mode takes a screen shot of the video stream at a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. The image quality is slightly degraded because video image stabilization tends to remove sharpness and accentuate edges. In this mode, you can quickly take pictures (shutter delay is very short) that are not distorted and with a light file size.   JPEG 180 - lets you take a fish eye shot with a 180° FOV. This mode offers small editing possibilities.   The default picture format is DNG.   Use your finger to move the red dial at the bottom of the screen to change exposure.   Taking photos   On your Parrot Skycontroller 2, press the   button to take a photo. The internal memory of the Parrot Disco has a capacity of 32 GB.  The maximum number of stored photos depends on the format selected. For best photo quality, we recommend leaving the photo setting in DNG mode.     Optimize video and photo qualities   Change exposure Use the FRONT-RIGHT ROTARY DIAL on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to change the brightness of the scene.     Change camera angle Use the FRONT-LEFT ROCKER SWITCH on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to change the camera angle.   Other settings that could help you further fine-tune the qualities of your photos and videos.            ANTIFLICKERING. Choose Select Auto, 50Hz, or 60 Hz to reduces the flickering effect often seen in videos shot indoors under florescent lighting. Select Auto to adapt the frequency of the country selected on the Network settings screen.   Select one of the following to adjust the white balance to best suit your environment.           Automatic         Daylight         Cloudy             White fluorescent light             Tungsten bulb     Retrieve photos and videos Photos and videos taken with Parrot Disco are saved in its internal memory. To download these pictures, do the following:   To a computer   1.   Use the supplied USB cable to connect the Parrot Disco to a computer.    2.   Turn on Parrot Disco.   3.   Look for Parrot_Disco on your computer.   4.   Double click on Parrot_Disco   5.   Go to Disco > Media, the list of picture files opens.   6.   Transfer the files to your computer.   To a smartphone   1.   Press the On/Off button to turn on Parrot Disco.   2.   Open FreeFlight Pro and make sure the Parrot Disco is connected to the smartphone.   3.   At FreeFlight Pro's main page, tap the camera icon     to open the "Drone memory" page and select the file you want to transfer or delete, then tap TRANSFER or DELETE.    4.   Once you tap TRANSFER, the process begins automatically . To cancel, tap "Cancel" on the top-right corner.     5.   Once transfer is complete, at the prompt, choose to keep the photos or delete them, then tap     at the "Drone memory" page to go back to the main FreeFlight Pro page.    
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You can share flights data using social netowrks and email. To do so, you nee to register on Parrot Cloud : Academy and using a valid internet connection. There is 2 boutons "Send Piloting" / "Share" .     The data sent via email is a json file. Using third party tools like Flight Data Manager permit to process data shared.  
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Version 1.4.1 Reasons for new versions: Feature: Geofence limits are now applied to Flight Plan: drone does not launch the Flight Plan and notifies FreeFlight Pro if a waypoint is out of bounds. Feature: Initiates an RTH in the case of Wi-Fi disconnection in Flight Plan depending on setting value (set in FreeFlight Pro). Improvement of waypoints validation in Flight Plan. Home coordinates are now updated as long as the drone has not taken off. Minor bug fixes. Version 1.3.0 Reasons for new versions: RC Calibration (1st step of the upcoming feature) Come back at 50m altitude after return to home procedure Initiate an RTH in case of wifi disconnection during landing phase Version 1.2.1 Improvement of landing procedure (linear and circular) Shortening delay of taking off from 3 s to 1 s. Version 1.1.1 Reasons for new versions: Geo-fence default max distance set to 2km instead of 500m Home position set to last take-off position instead of GPS fix position Take-off is forbidden in manual RC mode if no GPS fix Version 1.1.0 Reasons for new versions: New video recording settings available with FreeFlight Pro 4.1.11. Recording 1080p and FPV streaming in 480p (by default). Recording in 720p and FPV streaming in 720p. Pitot calibration(available on FreeFlight 4.1 and superior) Beta Ardupilot support Remove the loiter radius setting (FreeFlight 4.1 and superior) Minor bug fixes Version 1.0.5 This software is mandatory to update Disco products from 1.0.3 and before => 1.1.X Fix rare GPS loss issues Fix PUD issue after 30mn of flight Minor bug fixes
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For the best experience, use the combination of your smartphone and Parrot Skycontroller 2 to fly the Parrot Disco. Parrot Disco cannot be flown by using your smartphone alone.     STAY CLEAR OF THE MOTOR AREA AFTER TURNING ON PARROT DISCO! When not flying, disconnect battery to prevent accidental discharge.   Piloting modes   Auto-assist   Under auto-assist, Parrot Disco maintains its altitude and heading automatically, so you can enjoy the flying without having to worry about maintaining speed, adjusting control surfaces, etc.    And in case you let go of the stick momentarily, auto-assist ensures that Parrot Disco stays airborne.    Manual   This feature allows you to use an RC remote (not included) to fly the Parrot Disco. However, auto-assisted flying is not available in this mode.   *Note: in order to use a RC controller, you must first install a radio receiver (in Parrot Disco) specific to your controller.     Piloting configurations   There are three piloting configurations:   1.   Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2 only. 2.   Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2 and smartphone/tablet. 3.   Flying with Parrot Skycontroller 2, smartphone/tablet, and Parrot Cockpitglasses. Familiarize yourself with no. 1 and no. 2 before advancing to no. 3.     Piloting screen     Control methods   You can also customize the controls to your preference in FreeFlight Pro.     Flat trim   Flat trim resets the downward sensor to further enhance flight stability. It is recommended that you flat trim the drone prior to each flight and after a crash.   1.   Place Parrot Disco on a flat, dry surface. 2.   Press the On/Off switch to turn on the drone. 3.   On your smartphone, connect to Parrot Disco’s Wi-Fi ® : Disco_xxxxxx. 4.   In the FreeFlight Pro application, go to FLY&FILM > Setting > Position, then tap FLAT TRIM.     Take off     Disco must take off into the wind.   1.   Stand facing upwind and firmly hold the area near the nose/shoulder of the Parrot Disco with one hand.    2.  Make sure Parrot Disco’s propeller area is completely cleared of any obstacle.   3.  On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press the TAKE OFF button  . The motor runs slowly for 3 seconds before kicking into full power.   *Note: DO NOT LAUNCH until AFTER the motor fully accelerates. **Note: To stop the motor, press .   4.  A «Ready to take off» pop-up window is displayed on your smartphone. The drone is ready for take off.   5.  Holding the drone to your side, with the arm fully extended, gently toss Parrot Disco straight and upward (without twisting at the waist) into the wind. Parrot Disco climbs to an altitude of 150 feet (45 meters) and circles over its starting position in a 180-feet-diameter orbit (55 meters).   *Note: If the drone is not airborne within 10 seconds after powering on, the motor shuts off automatically .  Press   again to begin a new take-off sequence. **Note: DO NOT LAUNCH DISCO OVERHEAD!   6.  Once Parrot Disco is in stable orbit, you can take over the controls .     Return home   To recall Parrot Disco to its starting point, press the return button   on Parrot Skycontroller 2, or tap the Return Home icon     in FreeFlight Pro.   When Return Home is activated, Parrot Disco climbs (or descends) to 150 ft/50 m (default altitude) and heads for the starting position. Once there, Parrot Disco orbits overhead in a 180 ft/60 m-diameter circle at the same altitude.     Landing   Spiral   Once spiral/circular landing is initiated, Parrot Disco automatically turns into the wind to reduce landing speed on touchdown. 1.  Make sure you are in an area of at least 240 ft/80 m in diameter to accommodate the spiral pattern.   2.  Push the left control of the Parrot Skycontroller 2 to the left or to the right to set your Parrot Disco to loitering mode.  3.  On your Parrot Skycontroller 2 press    . >>Disco descends in a spiral and lands.   Linear     To land Parrot Disco in a straight-a-way fashion:   1.   Maneuver the Parrot Disco so it is flying into the wind. 2.   On Parrot Skycontroller 2, press LANDING   . >>Parrot Disco descends in a straight line, and just prior to touchdown, noses up to reduce speed and lands softly. *Note : you can still control the Parrot Disco during descent.   To abort landing, press again on Parrot Skycontroller 2. Parrot Disco climbs to loitering/standby height (50 m /150 feet) and begins circling overhead.     Flight Plan   With Flight Plan, you can pre-plan a flight by designating specific routes for Parrot Disco, and just sit back and enjoy the scenery as it soars through the air.   Flight Plan is available as an in-app purchase in FreeFlight Pro. *Note: You must create your flight plan before taking off. **Note: Parrot Disco still has to be launched MANUALLY.   Creating a Flight Plan   1.   Tap    to enable waypoint editing. 2.   On the map, tap where you want to place your first waypoint.       > A bubble with two numbers appears. The big number at the center is the altitude at which Parrot Disco will fly, and the smaller number represents the order of the waypoint. 3. Continue to place your waypoints. 4. Once you have drawn your path, press and hold the last point of your journey.     > A pop-up window appears. Select a landing mode (linear or spiral).      Spiral landing requires an area of at least 240 feet (80m) in diameter and free of obstacles. Your flight plan is created.   Flying with Flight Plan 1.   Make sure your flight plan is created and loaded. 2.   Turn on your Parrot Disco. 3.   Wait until the Parrot Disco’s warning light turns green, indicating the GPS is connected. 4.   Connect your smartphone to the Parrot Disco and start the FreeFlight Pro application. 5.   On the Home screen, press Flight Plan. 6.   Press Start. 7.   Stand facing upwind and launch Parrot Disco.       > The drone begins the course you set.   For more detail on Flight Plan, go to Flight Plan .  
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What happens when the drone reaches the limit of the Geofence?   Geofence is a virtual barrier that restricts the drone from flying out of a designated zone set up by the pilot via the FreeFlight Pro app.   When the Parrot Disco reaches the limit of the Geofence, Return-to-Home is triggered and the drone automatically navigates back to the starting point. Once there, the Parrot Disco initiates stand-by loitering mode and begins circling overhead. It is then possible to retake control of the drone and continue flying within the fixed Geofence limits.   3 settings are available for the Geofence : Maximum distance : from 200m to 2 km, the drone can't go beyond that distance and goes back on Return To Home mode. Maximum altitude : from 50 to 150 m, the drone won't go above that altitude. Minimum altitude : from 5 to 50m, the drone won't go under that altitude. Once the drone has reached the altitude limit defined by the Geofence it will: Won't go over the defined maximum altitude limit Not fly under the lowest altitude limit that has been set In this particular case, the Return to Home option is not engaged.   To activate GEOFENCE:   1.  Open FreeFlight Pro and go to FLY & FILM >Setting > Position.   2.  Tap GEOFENCE.    
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THE USE OF A RC CONTROLLER IS RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERIENCED RC PILOTS ONLY.   You can fly the Parrot Disco with a RC controller (not included); however, auto-assisted flying is not available in this mode.   *Note: in order to use a RC controller, you must first install a radio receiver (in Parrot Disco) specific to your controller.     Supported Protocols   Parrot Disco is compatible with most current RC controllers and handles the following protocols :   SBUS: Futaba T6K, T18SZ, T10J, FrSky Taranis X9D SUMD: Graupner MZ10, MX-16 CPPM     Install the receiver for your RC controller   1.   Open Parrot Disco’s cowling. 2.   Connect one of the cable to the C.H.U.C.K autopilot unit.    3.   Connect the other end to the receiver. 4.   Secure the receiver inside the cowling compartment. 5.   Close the cowling. Make sure the receiver's antenna is sticking out.     Connecting the RC controller to Parrot Disco   1.   Turn on the RC controller. 2.   Place Parrot Disco on a flat, dry surface. 3.   Turn on Parrot Disco. > When the on/off button is a steady green, Parrot Disco's GPS is connected.
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Learn how to repair the Parrot Disco. 
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Settings   Like its predecessor, FreeFlight 3, FreeFlight Pro offers a variety of adjustment that let you fine-tune your Parrot Disco to your preferences.   To access Settings, do the following:   1.   Go to FLY & FILM at FreeFlight Pro's main page.      2.   Tap Settings     at the piloting screen.    The first settings page (FIRST PERSON VIEW) opens.  You can select different setting parameters via the left scroll bar. To go back to the main page, press tap       In FPV, you can select whether to auto-launch the FPV goggle view when you connect your smart device to Parrot Skycontroller 2, as well as adjust the distance between the two view ports in the goggle.     Below FPV is Piloting.  Here you can reset the pitch of the drone, as well as its stand-by (loitering) parameters.     Position lets you set the height and the distance the drone can travel, in addition to calibrating and flat trimming Parrot Disco for better flight stability.     GEOFENCE is a useful feature to help prevent Parrot Disco from going too far.  When you activate GEOFENCE, Parrot Disco will turn around when it reaches the set maximum distance.   If GEOFENCE is turned off, a warning on the piloting screen will notify you that Parrot Disco has reached its distance limit, at which point the drone will not turn around but continue its course until you manually fly it back.   RTH (Return To Home) ensures that you will never lose your Parrot Disco when you lose Wi-Fi connection. In the event of a lost connection, Parrot Disco will return to its starting point if the connection is not re-established within the pre-set time period.     Network is where you can adjust the quality of your Wi-Fi connection.     Network Name You can change the name of your Parrot drone by:   Type in a new name in the field. Reboot Parrot Disco *Note: The network name can only contain letters, numbers and underscores ("_"), and must not exceed 32 characters.   WPA2 *Note: by default there is no password set.   If you do not have a password, or if you want to set a different password, you may do so in WPA2:   Tap the “WPA2” button. Enter the password you want to set.   Location Select your region/country.   OUTDOOR Activate this for outside flying.   Wi-Fi band Connects Parrot Disco to 2.4 or 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands.   The 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band enables you to fly your Parrot drone from a greater distance. Generally, it is also more congested than the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band in urban areas. The 5 GHz Wi-Fi band lets you have a better connection between Parrot Disco and your smartphone for video streaming. Check your smartphone user guide to see whether it can connect to the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band. Otherwise, use the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band instead.
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Setup   Setup FPV   Take Off   Piloting   Record   Landing    
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In this section, we will help you to diagnose and solve certain recurring problems so that you can have an even more enjoyable flying experience.   Loss of connection   Loss of connection between the Parrot Skycontroller 2 and Parrot Disco will cause the drone to abandon its original heading and immediately starts circling in a 180-feet-diameter (55 meters) orbit for a specified time period (10 seconds by default).  *Note: this time can be set by the user.   If connection is not restored within (by default) 10 seconds, Disco will return to its starting position and orbit overhead in 180-feet-diameter (55 meters)  circles.   If connection is not restored after 5 minutes, Parrot Disco will initiate auto-spiral landing over its starting position.     Status light indications   Parrot Disco       Parrot Skycontroller 2     Video streaming   If you see grey lines on your smartphone or tablet while streaming:   Check the Wi-Fi connection on your smartphone or tablet. Reset antiflickering in RECORDING SETTINGS.   Spare parts   You can buy spare parts for Parrot Disco at our online store: www.parrot.com
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1. Installing a Ground Control Station   To set the Parrot C.H.U.C.K's parameters, you must install a GCS (Ground Control Station). We selected APM Planner 2.0. Download it from: http://firmware.eu.ardupilot.org/Tools/APMPlanner/   APM Planner version 2.0.24 is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Documentation (in English) is available from the ardupilot website: http://ardupilot.org/planner2/   Note:  There are other GCSs of the same type, such as Mission Planner and QgroundControl, that work in the same way.   2. Installing the APM software on Parrot C.H.U.C.K   Install FileZilla. Go to http://firmware.eu.ardupilot.org/Plane/stable/disco/. Download the latest stable version of APM Plane for Parrot C.H.U.C.K: arduplane. Rename the file apm-plane-disco (with no extension). Switch the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. on. Wait approximately 15 seconds, until the blue LED flashes at a frequency of about 1 Hz. Connect to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. Disco-XXXXXX access point. Run FileZilla. Go to Edit, then open the Preferences or Settings menu.  The Preferences or Settings window opens. In Transfers select File Types. Uncheck the Treat files without extension as ASCII file checkbox, then click OK. Figure 1 : Changing the type of file to be transferred Enter the address 192.168.42.1 in the Host field, then click Quickconnect. Create a folder in internal_000 and name it APM.  Copy file apm-plane-disco into the APM folder. Figure 2 : Copying the file apm-plane-disco to Parrot  C.H.U.C.K Press the Parrot C.H.U.C.K’s on/off button three times to launch APM.  The LED flashes red and blue then slowly flashes yellow.       3. Configuring the remote control (Futaba T10J)   By default, controls for roll, pitch, motor and yaw are sent over channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. These channels cannot be changed with the Futaba T8J and T10J remote controls.   For consistency, we decided to add a three-way switch to channel 5. This switch will be our gear to change flight mode.   The radio is therefore configured as follows:   Channel Operation 1 Aileron 2 Elevator 3 Throttle 4 Rudder 5 Gear     4. Configuring Parrot C.H.U.C.K   The Parrot C.H.U.C.K has 7 outputs (6 x 3-pin servo connectors + motor I2C ESC output).   The motor I2C ESC can be used for a brushless motor and for the Parrot Disco.   The Parrot C.H.U.C.K output channels are configured as follows:   Channel output Physical output 1 Pin 1 2 Pin 6 3 Sortie   I2C ESC moteur 4 Pin 2 5 Pin 5 6 Pin 3 7 Pin 4     For example, Parrot Disco has two servomotors as well as a brushless motor. Figure 3: Parrot Disco    The left servomotor is connected to pin 1, the right servomotor to pin 6, and the brushless motor to the I2C ESC output.   Once this is done, you can control the Parrot Disco by plugging in a receiver, since the outputs now map to channels 1, 2 and 3, i.e. the aileron, elevator and throttle, sent over channels 1, 2 and 3 by the remote control. Parrot C.H.U.C.K performs mixing between output channels 1 and 2 to both servomotors.        4.1    3S Configuration using the Parrot C.H.U.C.K output   Our Acrobat plane has four servomotors: one for each aileron one for the elevator one for the rudder   Use a Y-connector to connect the two aileron servomotors to pin 1. Connect the elevator servomotor to pin 6. Connect the rudder servomotor to pin 2, which maps to channel 4.   Our configuration looks like the table below:   Radio channel output C.H.U.C.K channel output C.H.U.C.K physical output Function 1 1 Pin 1 aileron 2 2 Pin 6 elevator 3 3 I2C ESC motor throttle 4 4 Pin 2 rudder 5 NA NA gear    Now, we just need to connect the Futaba receiver to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K to complete the installation shown below (with a single servomotor for the aileron):    Figure 4: Configuration using the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. motor output   However, the Acrobat plane’s manual recommends using a 4S battery, so we decided to use the ESC delivered with the plane to take advantage of the motor's maximum power. We chose pin 5, mapping to output channel 5. We’ll be using a 2800mAh 4S battery to supply both the motor and CHUCK, thanks to its connector.    4.2 4S  Configuration using the ESC delivered with the plane   Figure 5: 4S Configuration using the ESC   Our 4S configuration is :   Radio channel output C.H.U.C.K channel output C.H.U.C.K physical output Function 1 1 Pin 1 aileron 2 2 Pin 6 elevator 3 5 Pin 5 throttle 4 4 Pin 2 rudder 5 NA* NA* gear   Please note: Channel 5 is only used for the gear. Commands from this channel are never sent to a servomotor.   We’ll apply this configuration to our plane by fastening the Parrot C.H.U.C.K under the plane, at its centre of gravity, using hook-and-loop fasteners.   Figure 6: Incorporating Parrot C.H.U.C.K in the plane   The Pitot sensor included with Parrot C.H.U.C.K could have been disrupted because of the plane’s propeller and fuselage. So we recovered a tube with the same inner diameter to move the Pitot to one of the plane’s wings:     Figure 7: Moving the Pitot to the plane’s wing   Figure 8: Mounting Parrot C.H.U.C.K onto the Acrobat plane   Figure 9: Mounting Parrot C.H.U.C.K onto the Acrobat plane   5. Establish the connection between the control sation and Parrot C.H.U.C.K   Connect the SBUS receiver to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K (see figures 4 and 5) Switch the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. on, pair the receiver with the radio, then press the on/off button three times to run APM. Connect to the Parrot C.H.U.C.K access point (Disco-XXXXXX) Run APM Planner (or another control station). In the Communication tab, select UDP with port number 14550, then click Connect.   The connection is made. To the right of the current flight mode, an icon shows the connection status: green when connected, red when disconnected.       6. Plane settings  Caution :  we strongly recommend removing the propeller before beginning.   Parrot C.H.U.C.K. has an on-board list of settings that you can change to match our plane’s configuration.   We recommend setting flight mode to “manual” in the config/tuning tab, so you can how the servomotors work in response to the control commands sent. By default, like the radio, APM sends the aileron over channel 1, the elevator over channel 2, the throttle over channel 3 and the rudder over channel 4.   By moving the aileron and elevator joysticks on our radio, you can see mixing between pitch and the aileron, which must be disabled.   To change the settings, activate advanced mode and open the full list of settings in Config/Tuning.   To disable mixing, set the ELEVON_OUTPUT setting to 0.     Since we connected the ESC to pin 5, we have to change the setting that sends motor commands over channel 3 (i.e. the Parrot C.H.U.C.K motor output) by default, and send the command over channel 5.   Set the RC5_FUNCTION setting to 70. APM interprets this number as meaning that the servomotor on channel 5 is an auxiliary motor: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-CHUCK-overview.html   We also decided to change the min and max airspeeds for FBW flight modes and set them to 14 m/s and 24m/s respectively.   ASPD_FBW_MAX  = 24 ASPD_FBW_MIN  = 14     7. Calibrating the radio   Caution : remove the propeller before beginning.   Once the servomotors’ mechanical trims with the radio are completed, you need to calibrate the remote control in APM. This calibration is done in Initial Setup > Radio Calibration.   By moving the control joysticks and the gear switch, APM will get the min, neutral (trim) and max PWM values for each input channel, and use them for the corresponding output channels.   APM will use the min, neutral and max PWM values for input channel 5 (the gear) and apply them to output channel 5 (the ESC), so you will have to manually change the settings for channel 5 by applying the values for output channel 3. Replace the values RC5_MIN, RC5_TRIM, RC5_MAX by those from RC3_MIN, RC3_TRIM, RC3_MAX.   For more information, see the detailed procedure on the ardupilot website: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-radio-control-calibration.html     8. Settings for the flight modes (Futaba T10J)   In the APM Planner Initial Setup tab, open the Flight modes menu. You can parametrize the six flight modes from this menu. You can switch between the available flight modes by actioning the remote control switch for the gear.   Figure 12: Flights modes in APM   To switch to a flight mode, use the various positions of our gear. APM controls the change of flight mode according to the PWM sent by the remote control. Each flight mode maps to a given PWM range (see image 1). You can see the PWM sent on each radio channel in the Radio calibration menu. So, by moving the position of the gear's switch, you can see the various PWMs available and change flight mode. For example, with our Futaba T10J, the three positions of the switch (up, middle, down) respectively send by default PWMs of 964, 1514 and 2064, which map to flight modes 1, 4 and 6.   To gain access to all the flight modes via the remote control, activate a “prog mix” with a 2-way switch that will alter the PWMs sent to the receiver.   First, you need to change the gear’s end points to reduce the total PWM range. Instead of the default 100% for min and max, set the end points to 47%.   Figure 13: End points   In the Radio calibration menu, you can see that the min and max PWMs sent over channel 5 have been changed: 1255 for min and 1773 for max. However, the PWM for the neutral position has not changed. It is still set to 1514.   With the minimum PWM now set to 1232, we no longer have access to APM flight mode 1. From now on, by changing the gear positions, the available flight modes are modes 2, 4 and 6. To access flight modes 1, 3 and 5, we’ll activate a “prog mix” with a 2-way switch as master and our gear as slave. The “prog mix” is only active when the switch is in the high position with a rate of+20%. With this rate, you can change the PWMs sent over channel 5 and get PWMs of 1204, 1462 and 1721 for the three positions of our gear.   Figure 14: Prog mix   We now have our six flight modes: Switches positions PWM values Flight mode Gear UP / Switch UP 1204 1 Gear UP / Switch DOWN 1255 2 Gear MID / Switch UP 1462 3 Gear MID / Switch DOWN 1514 4 Gear DOWN / Switch UP 1721 5 Gear DOWN / Switch DOWN 1773 6   Have a good flight !   ARDUPILOT The ArduPilot software on-board the Parrot C.H.U.C.K. is free software, distributed by Parrot Drones SAS under the GNU GPL v.3 licence. For more information on the terms and conditions of this licence, please see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html. Unofficial translations of this licence are also available at https://www.gnu.org/licenses/translations.en.html. PARROT DRONES SAS DOES NOT WARRANT AND CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE PRE-LOADED VERSION OF THE ARDUPILOT SOFTWARE OR FOR ITS USE WITH PARROT C.H.U.C.K.
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Battery – make sure the battery housing is intact and the terminal is clean. STOP using the battery IMMEDIATELY if the housing is cracked, punctured, or enlarged. Dispose of any discarded battery in compliance with your local safety regulations.   Charger – inspect the charger, make sure the housing is intact with no visible damage, and the contacts are clean. STOP using the charger IMMEDIATELY if the housing is cracked, punctured, or enlarged. Dispose of any discarded charger in compliance with your local safety regulations.   Propeller – check the propeller for any visible damage; a bent blade could cause instability in flight, which could result in crashes (and in turn damage the drone). In addition, make sure the propeller can still be securely mounted to the drone.   Camera – check for any visible damage to the lens. Blemishes on the lens could affect the qualities of the photos and videos.   Airframe – check for any structural fatigue or damage to the wings, flaps, and servomotor connectors. Remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated in the motor housings and downward-facing sensor area.   C.H.U.C.K – check for any structural fatigue or damage, make sure the On/Off button is perpendicular to the drone fuselage.   Overall wear and tear – check the drone for any visible damage. Remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulate on the bottom. STOP using the drone immediately if any wire or electronic component appear damaged.     Storage   Battery storage Store the battery away from direct sunlight in a cool and dry place where the ambient temperature is below 140°F (60°C). If you plan on not flying your drone after 50 th flight, run the battery to 50% capacity before storing.   Drone storage Store the drone away from direct sunlight in a cool and dry place.     Maintenance and cleaning   Camera – If necessary, use only designated lens-cleaning material for cleaning to avoid inadvertent damage to the lens.   Airframe – you may use compressed air to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated in the motor housings, battery contact, and USB port. DO NOT use any moistened material for cleaning.   Propeller – remove propeller from the drone prior to cleaning; use a dampened cloth to wipe down the blades, make sure they are completely dry before mounting.  
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Via smartphone   The FreeFlight Pro application can search for new updates only if your smartphone has already been connected once to Parrot Disco.   1.   Make sure your smartphone is connected to the Internet.   2.   Turn on Parrot Disco.   3.   Launch the FreeFlight Pro application and wait for your smartphone to connect to the drone.   4.   On the main page, tap Menus      to open the left side bar.   5.   Tap Check for updates, and select OK at the Update prompt; FreeFlight Pro updates itself.   6.   Tap OK at the prompt to restart the drone.   To check update information, go into FreeFlight Pro's main page, then tap DISCO-xxxxxx to open the drone's information page.         Parrot Skycontroller 2   1.   Connect your smartphone to the Parrot Skycontroller 2 with a micro-USB cable (supplied)   2.   Turn on the Parrot Skycontroller 2.   3.   At the FreeFlight Pro main page, go to FLY&FILM.   4.   In the cockpit view window, tap Settings    5.   On the Settings page, scroll down and tap the Controller icon, then tap CHECK FOR UPDATES.  
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Preflight check list   Prior to piloting your Parrot Disco, read the following guidelines and recommendations:   Regulation   Make sure operating model aircraft is allowed where you intend to fly. In some areas, it is prohibited to fly a drone near military bases, parks, cities and airports. Check local regulations prior to flying. You are required to keep visual contact with your drone at all times, do not fly your drone out of line of sight. Check local regulations regarding Wi-Fi and Wireless networks. Check local regulations regarding video recording, storage, and usage. Check the regulations on the use of FPV goggles when flying a drone.   Flight conditions check:   Do not fly at night. Check weather conditions. Do not fly the drone in rainy, snowy, or foggy environment. Do not fly in wind speeds exceeding 25 mph/43 kph. Do not fly over water. Make sure you have at least a 240 ft/80 m-diameter clearing for the Parrot Disco to take off and land, and that there are no obstacles in the area that could hinder or prevent line-of-sight flight.   Parrot Disco   Make sure the propeller is correctly and securely installed. Make sure the wings are properly secured (see the Attaching the wings section). Make sure both Parrot Disco’s battery and your smartphone battery are fully charged. Make sure the cowling is properly closed. Make sure Parrot Disco’s status light is green, indicating the drone has acquired the GPS signal prior to take off.     Connecting Parrot Disco to the Parrot Skycontroller 2 (without a smartphone)   1.  Place Parrot Disco on a flat, dry surface. 2.  Press the On/Off button to power on. > The button flashes red and turns green once GPS is connected. 3.  Press the On/Off button on Parrot Skycontroller 2 to turn it on.   4.  Wait until the status light is a steady green. Parrot Skycontroller 2 is now connected to Parrot Disco.   If the light continues to flash red, you need to calibrate the Parrot Disco.   To calibrate the Parrot Disco:   1.  In the FreeFlight Pro application, go to FLY & FILM > Settings     > Position > Calibrate and follow the instructions on the screen.    2.  Calibrate the pitot tube. To do so, turn your back to the wind and hold the Parrot Disco towards the ground.     3.  Rotate Parrot Disco on the Z-axis (yaw).   4.  Rotate Parrot Disco on the Y-axis (pitch).   5.  Rotate Parrot Disco on the X-axis (roll).   When the status light flashes green, the Parrot Disco is calibrated.     Connecting your smartphone to Parrot Disco and the Parrot Skycontroller 2   *Note: to minimize connection time, follow this order when connecting:  Smartphone > Parrot Skycontroller 2 > Confirm connection > Parrot Disco.      1.  Use a micro-USB cable to connect your smartphone to Parrot Skycontroller 2.   2. Turn on both devices and confirm the connection.   3.  Press the On/Off buttons on Parrot Disco to turn it on.   4.  Start FreeFlight Pro. The FPV mode is activated by default.          Installing the smartphone/tablet holder to Parrot Skycontroller 2   1.   Insert the holder into the designated slot on Parrot Skycontroller 2, then tighten the bolt.   You can change the holder's orientation by pushing down and rotating the bed. To extend the bed, push the side button.   2.   Position your smartphone/tablet on the holder and retract the extension to secure it.   3.   Connect your smartphone/tablet to the Parrot Skycontroller 2 via USB. FreeFlight Pro starts once the connection is established.  
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Arduplane is an open source Autopilot. APM aims experimented users, who wish to use the Parrot Disco and C.H.U.C.K. for experimentation.   A Ardupilot version is integrated on the firmware 1.1.0 and above. To switch from Parrot Autopilot to APM, press shortly the ON/OFF buttons 3 times in a row. Then, you must use a RC control to pilot the Parrot Disco (compatibility is listed on Parrot Github) It is possible to switch between the use of Parrot Disco with Parrot Autopilot and Skycontroller 2 or Ardupilot combined with a RC controller.   You will find all ressources necessary to build you own version of Ardupilot and install it on the C.H.U.C.K. here : Github Parrot about APM 
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Question How to reset the Parrot Disco?   Answer Quckly press the on/off button twice , then hold the button for about 10 seconds. > The on/off button flashes orange and red before the Parrot Disco shuts down. Switch on the Parrot Disco to complete the reset process. Use this process to reset the settings and erase the memory of the Parrot Disco. This process does not erase the firmware version installed on the drone.
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    Landing   General guidelines   Locate a suitable landing spot prior to take-off. Always make sure you are in an area with at least 240 ft/80 m of clearing on all sides to accommodate landing.     When you are ready to land   1. Maneuver the drone into the wind (against the wind), align it with your intended landing area and start your approach.   2. As the drone descends and gets closer to the landing area, if necessary, pull back on the left stick to reduce speed.   3. When the drone is between 20 to 30 ft.(5-10 m) off the ground, press    on the Skycontroller 2 to begin auto-landing.   *Note: direction control is still available during auto-landing. **Note: pressing     again will ABORT auto-landing if the drone is still more than 30 ft/10 m above ground.   4. Parrot Disco reverses thrust to reduce speed, noses up right before touch down and lands.    ***Note: avoid over-correcting the drone during the final stage of the auto-landing sequence.    
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